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Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes Paperback – March 25, 2014
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About the Author
CASSIE LIVERSIDGE was born in the UK and studied Fine Art at Plymouth University. She grew up on her parent's plant nursery where her love of gardening began. Her debut book, Grow Your Own Pasta Sauce came from a desire to share her passion for eating home grown food and living in a more sustainable way. She lives and works in London with her husband and two sons, but spends two months of the year in New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
Not so with Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes. The author, Cassie Liversidge, has provided a book that is as refreshing as hibiscus tea on a hot summer afternoon, combining scientific information, traditional and folklore traditions, and her own experiences with each plant she features.
Liversidge begins with tea, both black and green, and the goes on to explore various alternatives to that most traditional of beverages, such as lemon balm, blueberries, and honeysuckle. Odd as it is, I had never really thought of trying to grow actual tea plants. While I realize it would be impossible for me to grow enough to keep my family in tea for a year, I do think it will be fun to grow at least a couple just to see how they grow and try my hand at harvesting and preparing our own homegrown tea.
The book is beautifully put together and effectively organized. It is divided in to larger sections like leaves, seeds, fruits, flowers and roots. Each section offers several examples and gives information on medicinal benefits, growing and harvesting, blending and making a tea or tisane with that plant or plant part. I especially enjoyed the "Tea Bag Friends" sidebars, in which Liversidge offers ideas and tips for blending other plants with the one that is being featured.Read more ›
In the summer I vary. One summer planted cat thyme, another several lavenders. I was planning on flax this year. But after I read this book I may have to change planting plans.
The book has lots of glossy pictures. I am pretty sure the kindle version does also. It is really an overview with lots of starter information on various plants that tea can be made from. Also how to grow, prepaid, and serve. We also get information on the medical benefits.
Now we know why Hercule Poirot drinks herbal teas.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book... read it cover to cover in one sitting! I'm excited about starting my own tea garden.Published 3 days ago by Nancy C.
Not really about 'tea' that is camillia sinensis. So the title is misleading. A waste of my money.Published 2 months ago by Paul S. Hansen
Good book, fine, but it's presented like it comes with seeds and mine did not. The last thing I want to do is leave negative feedback without contacting the seller, but that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ItIsWhatItIs
Very detailed resource. This book will come in handy for years to come.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wealth of information! I can finally grow the teas I want and harvest, dry and enjoy them!Published 4 months ago by BFREE